Rarely a day passes in my practice without the topic of stress coming up. Sometimes people share what’s on their mind, other times I can just tell by what I observe in their body and the changes in their spine.
People think I have super powers, and I have been called ‘magical’ at times, but after a few laughs I always remind people that it’s a more scientific than that.
How Does The Body Adapt To Stress?
The body is an amazing organism with a built-in system to help us adapt to something our brain perceives as stress. Regardless of what the stress is (this can be rushing your children out the door to school, driving in poor weather, trying to meet work deadlines, an argument with your partner, or anything!) our body always responds to stress the same way: muscles tighten, cortisol is released, organs react, tissues deteriorate, and the body starts to break down! This process will first cause dis-ease (lack of function and harmony in the body), then dysfunction, then symptoms, then illness, which is what I observe clinically.
Why does this matter to me as a Chiropractor?
Because stress affects the spine!
Spinal subluxations are caused by STRESS – physical, chemical and mental/emotional. If we only address the subluxations with adjustments, we might not be addressing the real cause of the problems with your health. It would be like chasing the effects of stress on your body, rather than really dealing with the cause. My observation in the past 16 years has been that the choices people make outside the practice (exercise, nutrition, sleep, good relationships, positive thinking, hydration etc.) have a huge impact of the results they will obtain with chiropractic care.
It’s Better To Adjust The Cause, Rather Than Treat The Effects
Finding the cause of stress in your body and helping you make positive changes is part of my goal with each person in my practice. At THRIVE my mission is to help people do just that – THRIVE! In all aspects of their health and life. This is why there are so many other opportunities to improve your health in this practice that complement spinal care. It’s this type of holistic care that helps people I work with make longer lasting changes to their health.
Attend a workshops, join one of our group programs, borrow a book from our library, watch the videos, take responsibility for your health and empower yourself with more information.
You deserve to stress less, and feel and function your best. Your body is always either moving closer to dis-ease or closer to pure health, and this is largely dictated by your lifestyle choices you make every single day.
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